Venice, Florence, and Rome Trip
Italy | Aug 2 - Aug 7, 2022

Susan
Susan M.
Midland, TX | Reviewed on Aug 09, 2022

Chris did an amazing job orchestrating every event and excursion and tour for our trip to Italy! From the smallest detail, his directions were clear and precise!

We were greeted at the airport by a water taxi in Venice and taken to the sweetest hotel!! We felt like guests in someone’s home and the service there was amazing. We enjoyed watching the gondolas drivers out front with our breakfast. This hotel set the tone for our entire trip to Italy!

Andres, our tour guide in Venice, was... read more

Chris did an amazing job orchestrating every event and excursion and tour for our trip to Italy! From the smallest detail, his directions were clear and precise!

We were greeted at the airport by a water taxi in Venice and taken to the sweetest hotel!! We felt like guests in someone’s home and the service there was amazing. We enjoyed watching the gondolas drivers out front with our breakfast. This hotel set the tone for our entire trip to Italy!

Andres, our tour guide in Venice, was TOP NOTCH!!! His background was in architecture, he was born and raised in Venice, and was extremely personable. His accent was beautiful but he was able to communicate easily in English!!

The quick train ride to Florence was a nice way to see the surrounding area. We enjoyed our tour but our guide wasn’t as seasoned but communicated well. Unfortunately, we were only there for 24 hours and that just wasn’t long enough to get a feel of the area. Next time, we will plan to spend some time at a Vineyard outside of the city.

We loved Rome and all of its history! The Colosseum was unbelievable and our guide was extremely knowledgeable. He poured tons of information into 3 hours. However, his broken English made it very difficult to understand much of what he said.

Later that evening, we took a FABULOUS cooking class. Davida and Aaron taught us how to make two types of pasta, two kinds of sauces, and homemade tiramisu. It was a small group of eight and so enjoyable. It will be one of our favorite memories of Italy.

The next day, we went on a food tour and also saw the marketplace. Luca was our tour guide and made sure our experience was very enjoyable. We also had an evening food tour that we canceled so our last night in Rome could be at an enjoyable restaurant. It was an exhausting but AMAZING adventure for our family! We plan to go back so we can also see the coast line areas. I imagine that trip to be more relaxing. I will definitely be calling Chris with the Kimkim team to make those arrangements.

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Antiche Figure
Venice

This was our favorite hotel by far!! ❤️🇮🇹 It was quaint and sweet and comfortable. The owners went out of their way to make us feel completely at home. They had an enormous breakfast spread and little tables out front where we could watch the gondola drivers prepare for the day. I highly recommend Hotel Antiche Figure in Venice!!

Authenticity & Character
The decor was very authentic to Venice and it was charming!
Location
Gondolas out front and just over the bridge was the train station and lots of shops and restaurants.
Staff
The staff went out of their way to be helpful and accommodating in every way. They kept saying to us, “Please, you are as if at home!”
Cleanliness & Comfort
Everything was immaculate and very comfortable too!
Grand Hotel Baglioni Firenze
Florence

Our hotel room was very comfortable and nice. We were able to get checked in a little earlier than normal and the staff was very accommodating.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Grand Hotel Palace
Rome

This hotel was very beautiful. Because of our early tours we never got to eat breakfast but the bar and dining area seemed nice. I wanted so badly to give this hotel a higher rating but we weren’t able to get much sleep because the bed was extremely uncomfortable. The hotel sheets were very scratchy and the pillow was as hard as a rock which was disappointing for such a nice hotel. My husband and I could feel every spring in the mattress and we tossed and turned literally for hours both nights and woke up feeling exhausted and sore. I don’t understand how a Hotel of this caliber can miss the mark in such a big way on the bed. I feel it’s so unfortunate to give what “appeared” to be a five star hotel only three stars. Sadly, we would not recommend this hotel.

Authenticity & Character
Nothing very memorable except that it was nice.
Location
This was a 10 minute drive to anywhere we were going so we did need a taxi for most anything we did.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Needs new mattresses, hotel quality pillows and sheets!
Activity Reviews
Day at Leisure in Venice
Venice

Our tour guide was fabulous!! He had a beautiful accent but his English was easy to understand. The pace of the tour was leisurely and enjoyable and so informative. Our guide with native to Venice and an architect major so he shared many things that most guides may not know. Left this tour and highly recommend!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Our amazing guide!!
Transport
Easy access to train station!
Venice private city walking tour
Venice

Excellent experience with our tour. Our guide was an architect major and was able to share details that I don’t think many guides would know. He was exceptional and easy to communicate with. We thoroughly enjoyed this tour.

Quality of Experience
Local specialist: Chris Gravas
Chris
Chris Gravas
Local specialist in Athens, Greece | Reviewed on Aug 09, 2022

Dear Susan,

Thank you so much for your kind words and appreciation of my services! I am very happy to have worked with you in planning this amazing trip for your family in Italy, and I will gladly help you again for your next vacation, in Italy and/or (why not?) in Greece! I would be very happy if you decided to come to Greece next summer, so that I can get to meet you in person as well.

What great photos have you uploaded, you all look fabulous, thank you for these!

Also, thank you for... read more

Dear Susan,

Thank you so much for your kind words and appreciation of my services! I am very happy to have worked with you in planning this amazing trip for your family in Italy, and I will gladly help you again for your next vacation, in Italy and/or (why not?) in Greece! I would be very happy if you decided to come to Greece next summer, so that I can get to meet you in person as well.

What great photos have you uploaded, you all look fabulous, thank you for these!

Also, thank you for your detailed feedback regarding the guides as well as the hotels, we always wish to receive as much information as possible in order to improve in certain areas, as we always aspire to offer our travelers the best.

Wishing you a smooth return to everyday life and really hoping to get the chance to work with you again and hopefully meet you in person as well!

All the best,
Chris